By Jonathon Van Maren
David Daleiden, who rocked the global abortion debate in 2015 with the bombshell release of evidence proving that the abortion industry deals in baby body parts, has been embroiled in a snarl of legal battles ever since. The abortion industry, fearing that Daleiden possesses more content that will shine a light into their dark and ugly business (and he does) has been trying desperately to prevent him from releasing it at any cost. In fact, you won’t hear this from the mainstream media, but the court proceedings have actually dredged up more horrors, including the revelation that Planned Parenthood charged for “usable” body parts and that usable hearts had to be harvested from living babies.
It seems like a lifetime ago that the baby body parts scandal hit, and thus many people have forgotten that at the time, now-Senator Kamala Harris of California was her state’s attorney general—and that she went after Daleiden and his colleagues with a vengeance. He is now suing her, alleging that she “conspired to violate his civil rights” through a prosecution designed to protect her allies in the abortion industry. In response to Daleiden’s revelations about Planned Parenthood, in fact, California sued Daleiden “through an unprecedented application of the state’s eavesdropping law—a move that Daleiden alleges was intended to supress journalism.” From FOX News:
“This complaint seeks justice for a brazen, unprecedented, and ongoing conspiracy to selectively use California’s video recording laws as a political weapon to silence disfavored speech,” reads Wednesday’s lawsuit, brought by both Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress. The suit also names Xavier Becerra, the state’s current attorney general, in addition to Harris.
“David Daleiden became the first journalist ever to be criminally prosecuted under California’s recording law, not because of the method of video recording he utilized in his investigation—which is common in investigative journalism in this state—but because his investigation revealed and he published ‘shock[ing]’ content that California’s Attorney General and the private party co-conspirators wanted to cover up,” it says. Daleiden and his organization claim that Harris initiated the prosecution because it was politically advantageous for her.
“While running for U.S. Senate, Harris had a secret in-person meeting with Planned Parenthood executives in Los Angeles, including witnesses in her investigation, to discuss issues in the investigation as part of Planned Parenthood’s political agenda in California. Two weeks later, Daleiden’s home was raided by the California Department of Justice,” a press release reads, “a CMP press release read.
A judge awarded Planned Parenthood $2 million in November as part of a separate, civil lawsuit with Daleiden. A judge pared down the eavesdropping case, which carries criminal charges, specifically lopping off five charges it said lacked “probable cause to establish” that some of the recorded conversations were “confidential communications” under law.
Becerra’s and Harris’ offices did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment. When Becerra filed criminal charges against Daleiden in 2017, he indicated that Daleiden violated Planned Parenthood’s privacy.
“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Becerra said in a press release. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”
…For Daleiden and others, the core of the ongoing saga is whether Planned Parenthood violated federal law by selling fetal tissue. Recently unsealed documents revealed Planned Parenthood charged a biospecimen company nearly $25,000 for fetal tissue and maternal blood samples in 2012.
According to the invoices, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte charged StemExpress $55 per “POC,” or products of conception — another term for fetal remains — and $10 per sample of blood. Three invoices — dated Aug. 2, Sept. 5, and Sept. 28 — show the abortion provider charging $5,860, $11,365, and $7,715. That totals $24,940 for more than 200 POCs.
Planned Parenthood has defended itself by claiming that its charges related to transportation and time spent by staff. The invoices don’t mention either of those, however, nor do they contain the word “reimbursement.” Instead, they assign a fee per body part. Specifically, the previously released contract between those organizations showed that the exchanges were based on “POC determined in the clinic to be usable.” The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the organization, although it’s unclear how it’s proceeded since 2017 when it first made headlines.
I believe that Daleiden’s case could have been even stronger if he and his colleagues had simply highlighted the barbarism of Planned Parenthood (which was brutally clear from his hours and hours of secret recordings) rather than attempting to nail the abortion industry specifically on the sale of baby body parts as the key question. Planned Parenthood is now attempting to get off the public relations hook on a technicality by claiming that they didn’t profit from the sale of baby body parts, while largely ignoring the fact that they did, in fact, harvest human organs from the bodies of babies and ship them for use by bio-medical companies.
But the fact that we should be shouting from the rooftops is not that Planned Parenthood profits from selling baby body parts (which I’m sure they do.) We know they profit from butchering hundreds of thousands of babies per year, so it is hardly a surprise that they harvest organs from these victims. It is the fact that they are killing, dismembering, crushing, and pillaging the corpses of tiny children that we should be focusing on. I don’t care if Planned Parenthood made any money cutting tiny hearts out of the chests of tiny babies. I care that they did so, and legally, too.
And Senator Kamala Harris, with her ghoulish compassion, supported—and supports–them every step of the way.